Minnesota Military Museum

Camp Ripley

15000 Highway 115

Little Falls, MN 55082

Local: 320-632-7374

DSN: 871-7374


May through September: Open Daily 10-5 including national holidays

October through April:   Open Thursdays & Fridays 9-4 except national holidays



The museum is the largest and most comprehensive repository in Minnesota for military artifacts and records.  

Artifacts  The collection holds over 80,000 artifacts—uniforms, weapons, equipment, insignia and flags, training aids, and unique personal items—objects central to the museum’s core mission.   Included are 60 “macro artifacts” such as tanks, aircraft, vehicles, artillery pieces, etc.   Objects alone cannot tell stories and convey knowledge, but in the presence of the "real stuff" of history, a uniquely powerful narrative becomes possible for the museum visitor. 

Library and Archives   The museum reference library on military history contains over 12,000 non-circulating books, manuscripts, and pamphlets.  In addition, it maintains a large collection of historic military technical and field manuals. Special attention is given to collecting materials that specifically relate to the military experiences of Minnesotans and to military units with Minnesota ties.  

Paper archives include photographs (about 15,000), personal letters and diaries, scrapbooks, maps, posters, sheet music, periodicals and newspapers, and official correspondence, records, and orders.  A-V materials include films, audio tapes, video tapes, DVDs and CDs. Finding aids enabling you to access information online about our archives are available.  Learn more about our archives and special collections.

Do you have books or archival materials to donate?  We are always looking for new titles, documents and photographs to add to the collection. Unit histories, general military histories, technical and field manuals, biographies and other books of a military nature are always accepted, regardless of condition. Written personal recollections and memoirs are especially welcome. Duplicates of books already in our collection may be sold in the museum gift shop to help raise funds for the museum.  

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